Flensburg (Germany) - Coastal flooding (Photo: J. Koerth)

Flensburg (Germany) - Coastal flooding (Photo: J. Koerth)

Hamburg (Germany) - Emergency route (Photo: J. Koerth)

Hamburg (Germany) - Emergency route (Photo: J. Koerth)

Las Toninas (Argentina) - Residential area and coastal erosion (Photo: J. Koerth)

Las Toninas (Argentina) - Residential area and coastal erosion (Photo: J. Koerth)

Elbe estuary (Germany) - Residential area behind the dike (Photo: J. Koerth)

Elbe estuary (Germany) - Residential area behind the dike (Photo: J. Koerth)

Coastal Adaptation

We explore the factors that drive the responses of coastal residents to changing sea-levels and assess the effectiveness of strategies that people follow in order to reduce damages. Our work includes studies on private adaptation, at local scale, in various countries (e.g. Germany, Denmark, Greece, Argentina). As the measures that are undertaken can often be very effective, we aim to incorporate our findings in global models of sea-level rise impacts and assess the benefits of private adaptation.

Koerth J., Vafeidis A.T., Hinkel J., Sterr H. (2013) What motivates coastal households to adapt pro-actively to sea-level rise and increasing flood risk. Regional Environmental Change, 13(4), pp. 897-909.
Koerth J., Jones N., Vafeidis A.T., Dimitrakopoulos P.G., Melliou A., Chatzidimitriou E., Koukoulas S. (2013) Household adaptation and intention to adapt to coastal flooding in the Axios - Loudias - Aliakmonas National Park, Greece. Ocean and Coastal Management, 82, pp. 42-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.05.008